‘I’m not a bad person,’ Ms. McCollum said. ‘I made a decision in a moment of madness.’
Drugs mule Michaella McCollum talked about her stint in jail in Peru, after being convicted of attempting to smuggle 1.5m worth of cocaine out of Lima Airport.
She was arrested at the airport, along with fellow trafficker Melissa Reid, and later sentenced to six years in jail. Her lawyers managed to secure a shorter sentence, and she is now free on parole after spending just over two and a half years in prison.
Looking rather refreshed, and sporting a new hairdo, she said: “I made a decision in a moment of madness….I’m not a bad person.. I want to demonstrate that I’m a good person.”
“If the drugs had of got back [to Europe] what could have happened, I probably would have had a lot of blood on my hands.
“I potentially could have filled Europe full of a lot of drugs,”
“I could have potentially killed a lot of people, not directly but I could have caused a lot of harm to people.”
“I was partying for days… I wasn’t sober leaving Ibiza… I wasn’t sober leaving the apartment.”
“Once I landed in Peru, I kind of had that feeling that I was going to get caught.”
RTE confirmed that Ms. McCollum did not receive a fee for appearing on the interview.